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comment What swimming suit options are acceptable for a self-conscious recreational swimmer in Belgium and Western Europe?
your best option would be to get used to it and go with what's customary. There's no reason to feel naked in proper swim trunks...
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comment Why did I get refused of entry into the UK even if I had a sponsorship letter?
Also, if the scout group receives government subsidies, the allowance they'd provide would possibly be public funds, receival of which is also a violation of 46A
May
24
comment Flying into and out of Germany on a Belgium Schengen VISA
typically your visa would need to be issued by the country of entry into the EU.
May
24
comment What to do before traveling to Europe as an American?
learn to behave like a person, not a tourist... And leave overt national pride at home, Europeans don't like such things (not just from Americans, from anyone).
May
24
comment Travel UK or USA (winter)
Again, define optimal. And the US east and west coast both are pretty big. It's like asking "should I plan a trip to the east coast or the west coast of India next year"...
May
20
comment Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?
Books are allowed to be used during the safety briefing? Not in my experience. And I've never had trouble turning over my e-reader and keeping it in my lap during the instructions, just as you should have no problem keeping a closed book in your hands.
May
20
comment Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?
@Josef you do, they can change between aircraft types and operators, as well as over time. Plus repetition helps... and of course the crew and other passengers don't know you.
May
17
comment Do you physically need a license to drive in the US?
well said. By law you're required to have it with you. If the cop pulling you over is nice, he may overlook you not being able to show it on demand, but he certainly doesn't have to and if he's under pressure to fill his ticket quota for the month he's going to ticket you for sure.
May
16
comment Malaria pills needed for jungle trip in Chiang Mai?
and modern day malaria has developed a lot of resistance to the chemical as well. Doesn't mean you shouldn't drink it if you like a gin'ntonic of course :)
May
16
comment What kind of hat to wear for business in India?
That'd depend heavily on where in India, time of day, and time of year.
May
13
comment Renting a Manual Car in the US
@CraigWelch not surprising, as in Europe manual transmission is pretty much the norm (though automatics are gaining ground, especially with the increasing popularity of hybrids) so rental companies tend to have a large supply of them. In the US and Canada that's not the case.
May
7
comment Is it common for travel agents to ask for credit card scans?
@Prasoon the Zimbadwean is more likely asking for scams than scans...
May
7
comment How does one know if a rental car takes diesel or gasoline?
The last several Diesels I've driven (and I've had more than a few) didn't have that indicator, or if they did it only comes on in case of failure...
May
6
comment Can I travel by plane with my residence permit, ID card, Geprivelgeerde Dutch card from Holland to Budapest, with my expired passport?
Best get an emergency passport then, as you've no valid ID on you at the moment apparently which means you're for the law an illegal alien and subject to deportation (unlikely to happen given your status but you might get some very pointed questions and may lose your privileged status as a result if stopped by police or border security).
May
6
comment Can I travel by plane with my residence permit, ID card, Geprivelgeerde Dutch card from Holland to Budapest, with my expired passport?
yes, an RSA ID card (not a passport apparently) would not be a valid travel document for internal travel in the EU. In fact without an RSA passport, as a non-EU citizen, he's already in violation of the law even being in the EU...
Apr
29
comment Is it safe to visit Nepal now since the trip is non refundable?
In that case, call the tour operator. They're the ones responsible. I'd not be surprised at all if they offer a refund for people not wishing to travel now. Wouldn't cover the flights of course, but the hotels and excursions possibly.
Apr
29
comment Around the world trip, is there a way to simplify the visa gathering?
You forgot to mention one more gotcha: Some countries automatically refuse entry if you have a visa or entry stamp for certain other countries. Think for example most Arab countries refusing entry to anyone who's traveled to Israel. You might need a second passport just for those countries, which Belgium may or may not grant.
Apr
24
comment Food in hand luggage
jam, marmelade, etc. while considered gels or liquids when in their packaging should not be a problem if you use them to make a sandwich you then pack in your lunch box and take with you that way. Same way that a jar of apple chutney isn't allowed, but slice of apple pie is. Or a jar of mayonaise is illegal but a bowl of salad with a blob of mayonaise in it is. The main problem with food is always getting it through security at arrival, not departure, as many countries have very strict rules against importing food from almost anywhere.
Apr
24
comment Do you have a GPS signal on board of a plane?
@vartec true, but they may well have higher speed processors and different sampling rates, enabling them to better handle those speeds. I could imagine a GPS system for hikers to get a bit confused when having to handle Mach range speeds, it may not even be able to display them.
Apr
24
comment US citizen from parents, no proof of citizenship. Can I reenter the US from Mexico?
sounds logical. Effectively it'd be the same situation as someone who's had their passport lost, stolen, or destroyed and needs help.